The Czech Legend of St Catherine of Alexandria
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134 Pages

21.6 x 13.8 cm

2 colour and 18 b/w illus.

Imprint: D.S.Brewer

The Czech Legend of St Catherine of Alexandria

The Text and its Contexts

by Alfred Thomas

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The first complete translation of a fascinating piece of Czech literature.


The virgin martyr St Catherine was one of the pre-eminent and most popular saints in the Middle Ages, her legend spreading far and wide throughout Europe. A Bohemian version of her Vita was written in the second half of the fourteenth century, probably for the court of Emperor Charles IV in Prague; it is a fascinating account of her life and passion, with many unique features. However, partly because of the language barrier, it has received relatively little attention.

This book provides the first complete translation of this important text. It is accompanied by a full, interdisciplinary introduction, which places the legend in its cultural and historical context, and emphasizes both the importance of the Dominican friars as court writers and the prominence of royal and noble women as patrons and consumers of their work. It also highlights the numerous representations of Catherine in contemporary art. Meanwhile, elucidatory notes to the translation illuminate its most important features.
Introduction
Text - The Czech Legend of Saint Catherine of Alexandria
Appendix
Bibliography
Index

ALFRED THOMAS is Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Title Details

134 Pages

2.16 x 1.38 cm

2 colour and 18 b/w illus.

Imprint: D.S.Brewer